Two militants killed in Kupwara as army foils infiltration bid

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: May 26, 2016 15:44 IST
File photo of an Indian Army soldier patrolling near the Line of Control. (AP File Photo)

Two militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Kupwara on Thursday, the Indian Army said.

Search operations were on in the area -- which falls near the Line of Control – to look for other militants.

The encounter came days after three policemen were killed in Srinagar in two separate militant attacks and two suspected militants of the banned outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad were gunned down in an encounter by security forces on Monday.

Troops guarding the Line of Control (LoC) intercepted a group of five-six militants trying to sneak into the Indian side in the Naugam sector early on Thursday, an army official said.

He said the troops of 35 Rashtriya Rifles challenged the infiltrating militants who opened fire, triggering a gunbattle between the two sides.

“Two militants have been killed so far and their bodies are lying near the encounter spot,” the official said, adding the operation in the dense bushes is still going on.

Defence sources said additional reinforcements of 18 Jat and first Naga regiment have joined the operation to neutralise the remaining militants.

With inputs from PTI

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